Live Chat: Solar Cells Go Nano

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See below for the chat box. Join us each Thursday at 3 p.m. EST for a live conversation with leading scientists and expert reporters.
Today's Topic

Of all the renewable energy technologies, solar power has the potential to generate the most energy. But if solar power is ever to match the price of today's fossil fuel-generated electricity, prices of panels need to drop considerably. Researchers are making rapid progress on two technologies that hope to do just that. The first produces solar cells from plastics and other organic compounds. The second uses tiny inorganic nanoscale wires to capture the sun's energy. How do these new technologies capture sunlight? How do scientists use nanotechnology to create these cells? And how can they help solar panels churn out more power for less money?

Join us for a live chat about solar cell technology at 3 p.m. EST on Thursday, 8 December, on this page. You can leave your questions in the comment box below before the chat starts.

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Today's Guests


Deli Wang


Alan J. Heeger



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